Newcastle fans would understand it if Rafa Benitez walked away from the club because he could not get an agreement from owner Mike Ashley.
Ashley has given Rafa almost nothing to spend over the last three transfer windows.
But that hasn’t stopped the manager from finishing in first place in the Championship last year and then finishing in 10th place this first season back in the Premier League.
Just think where we could be if Ashley had invested some of Newcastle’s money on new players.
Phil Thompson – fans would understand if Rafa walked
And that 10th placed finish – the second-best finish in Ashley’s 11-year reign at the club – garnered a fabulous £123M from the Premier League.
Not sure what to say about that other than “thank you very much.”
Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson knows Rafa well, and believes Geordie fans would understand if Rafa left St. James’ Park because of a continued lack of support from Mike Ashley.
And Rafa wants everything written down because Ashley reneged on his promises of last summer when he was going to give Rafa “every last penny the club made.”
And on Sunday Ashley said in his statement he would “continue to give Rafa every penny the club made.”
That has such a hollow ring to it and a major reason why Benitez doesn’t trust Ashley and that’s part of the problem in these current negotiations.
This is what Phil Thompson told Sky Sports.
“The priority has to be to convince Rafael Benitez to stay because even the fans would understand it if he walked away due to lack of funding again.”
“They can’t make assurances to him again and not back it up because the biggest danger for the club is him walking away.”
The Express are reporting that Benitez is open to moving to West Ham if the east London club give him £100M transfer funds and total control on transfers.
And a £6M/year contract which is what he gets at Newcastle.
Phil Thompson is right when he says Newcastle must keep the former Liverpool manager for the upcoming 2018/2019 season.
If we lose Rafa maybe Alan Pardew could (possibly) be enticed back to Newcastle – after all he would come a lot cheaper than Benitez.
Just kidding of course – but how many managers would want to join Newcastle with their hands tied behind their backs by Ashley.
Steve McClaren comes to mind.
The point is we can never get anybody as good as Rafa Benitez.